This is Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series.
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Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be.
The last of life, for which the first was made.
--Robert Browning (Quoted by Joseph Schwartz)
This is a great transitional book to the Foundation series and should be read before starting it with the book "Prelude to Foundation". This is the only book which includes a person from Earth in the present day (1949). It's amusing to have someone experience Earth in the distant future like the reader would have. The main character returns to Chicago after 10,000 years have elapsed and sees a city without the remotest connection to what he was used to except for the waterline. There are some great ideas in this book like every book in the Foundation series. The development of an ability to control other people telepathically is portrayed so well as to seem kind of realistic. The characters represent the final chapter of life on earth and it really puts perspective in understanding the view toward earth in the Foundation books
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
I would. I think the Asimov series in Audible is very well done. It captures the "old time radio" feel of the stories. This is not heavy literature, and the production is well done and appropriate.
It is a good story relative to the rest of the Galactic Series which in turn is a fine back story to the classic Foundation Series. The time travel concepts also inter play with The End of Eternity which in my view is Asimov's best stand alone novel.
No but I thought he did a great job.
I think this novel is more contextual within the cannon of Asimov. I am glad I read it because it helped to fill out some data relative to the Galactic Empire.
This is a great summer book. Not heavy, interesting plot and very enjoyable. If you only read one Asimov I would recommend End of Eternity, if you only read 3 I would recommend The Foundation Series, but if you like Asimov and want to connect the Robot, GE and Foundation Series this is a must read.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
There were a lot of seeds for future novels and stories by future authors in this story. The galaxy is settle by man, a dark age happens and man forgets that Earth started it all. A man is operated on and now he can learn faster then other humans. Everyone must die at a certain age, so others will have more resources and of course the main topic in 1950, the result of atomic warfare. The problem I had was that it read more like a thesis then a story. The whole story took place mostly in a couple of rooms and the main characters talked and talked and talked. At a couple of points we were lead to believe the main character was going to explore the forbidden zone, but it never happened. IA usually has great ideas that are best showcased in short stories, whenever he lengthens them into novels they get to boring or silly.
As with most of Asimov's books, this one throws you into an unfamiliar landscape where you feel as lost as the main character. You learn of things as the character does and you genuinely feel like you are right there in the middle of it all.
This book is an excellent prelude story for Galactic Empire yet completely standalone and enjoyable if you are not familiar with other Asimov's books. Naration is superb. Very good voice acting for every character.
A good story with the usual surprise ending! Well read by the narrator. I always find Asimov's ideas intriguing. A nice way to while away the chores!
This is classic Asimov story telling. The technology and cultural stuff is, of course, dated (having been written in the 1950's) - but the premise of the story is interesting and it's a quick read/listen. What I love about Asimov's books is his consistent universe between different books. This book takes place during the time the galactic empire is expanding from Trantor. Other books take place before and after this time - but the empire and it's history are always consistent (which is nice). The narration is good - but a little over dramatic at times - But not too distracting from the story.
I read this as a boy along with many other books by Isaac Asimov. Now as a working adult I don’t have as much time for reading as I used to. Hearing the performance was a chance to visit this work again and enjoy it in a new way. It’s still as good as I remember.
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